Jones Elementary in Utica cancels Hal...
cockoplenty

Utica, NY

#43 Oct 18, 2013
bby77 wrote:
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I find that everyone I know who complains about Halloween being a Pagan holiday puts up a Christmas tree (another "Pagan" tradition). This world is full of hypocrates.
That's h-y-p-o-c-r-i-t-e-s ,ms. busybody, and I'm sure you can count yourself in their number. The Christmas tree as we know it did not have it's origins in the pagan rite.
Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we now know it in the 16th century when devout CHRISTIANS brought decorated trees into their homes. Some built Christmas pyramids of wood and decorated them with evergreens and candles if wood was scarce. It is a widely held belief that Martin Luther, the 16th-century Protestant reformer, first added lighted candles to a tree. Walking toward his home one winter evening, composing a sermon, he was awed by the brilliance of stars twinkling amidst evergreens. To recapture the scene for his family, he erected a tree in the main room and wired its branches with lighted candles.
buddha

Utica, NY

#44 Oct 18, 2013
muslims suck moose...
Ahmed

Utica, NY

#45 Oct 18, 2013
Praise Allah!
new Hartford parent

Utica, NY

#46 Oct 18, 2013
lesslie wrote:
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Why move there in the first place?? Looks like you couldn't compete. Going back to your own element now,,,,dats da way it goze.
Not so, we found a house priced within our means, reasonable taxes,etc., but the kids in those schools are BRUTAl if you don't keep up with the 'trumps'(you sound smart enough to know what I mean).. We could keep up with the housing and taxes and so forth, but when you have 4 school aged children impressed with (and think they have to have $150.00 sneakers every few months)plus other unaffordable things, well, then, with the world today, the going can get tough, and we like to travel and do entertaining things, and that gets costly..You have to play your priorities and do what you must! As for element, my hubby is an engineer and makes fantastic money. I am a Registered nurse working towards Physicians assistant license...all in all, not too shabby.
Teach

Hamden, CT

#47 Oct 18, 2013
Apparently, the district realized their mistake. Halloween is back on.
Ahmed

Utica, NY

#48 Oct 18, 2013
Teach wrote:
Apparently, the district realized their mistake. Halloween is back on.
INFIDELS!
enough

Hartford, CT

#49 Oct 18, 2013
I'm sure it has to do with all the immigrants in this city. If you come here you should expect to become part of the American culture whether it be xmas halloween easter etc. Thats the problem, everyone is so quick to make sure the immigrants are happy what about us Americans???
Satan

Ithaca, NY

#50 Oct 18, 2013
Well, if you want your kids to take part in this satanic ritual of prancing around in ghoulish costumes send your kids to catholic school!! Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary is still having a Halloween party. Oh how I love irony.
Founding Father

Ithaca, NY

#51 Oct 18, 2013
enough wrote:
I'm sure it has to do with all the immigrants in this city. If you come here you should expect to become part of the American culture whether it be xmas halloween easter etc. Thats the problem, everyone is so quick to make sure the immigrants are happy what about us Americans???
You'll like it, or leave and go somewhere else! I hear Afghanistan has a similar climate.
good

Syracuse, NY

#52 Oct 18, 2013
Sandy wrote:
<quoted text> I don believe in god which is probably why Halloween doesn't bother me. Having said that I would much rather marry a church going girl than an atheist.
good for you, have fun in hell!
good

Syracuse, NY

#53 Oct 18, 2013
Satan wrote:
Well, if you want your kids to take part in this satanic ritual of prancing around in ghoulish costumes send your kids to catholic school!! Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary is still having a Halloween party. Oh how I love irony.
Roman Catholics and satan worshippers are one in the same.
Heaven

Utica, NY

#54 Oct 18, 2013
good wrote:
<quoted text>good for you, have fun in hell!
The good will always go to heaven; whether they believe or not.
Those who won't go to heaven are those tell people to go to hell.
Costume is ready

Sherburne, NY

#55 Oct 18, 2013
Yippy!!! All Halloween activities in our schools are going to happen again!!! Have Fun Kids!!!
yaya

White Plains, NY

#56 Oct 18, 2013
Hey morons, you're wrong. This was in the Utica OD today:

Utica schools allowing Halloween costumes this year

Dora Colon was given a scare this week after hearing that her son wouldn't be allowed to celebrate Halloween in school this year.
“For the past five years of school, they've always been able to celebrate, though they have never been able to wear their costumes,” said the Utica mother.“They’re sucking all the fun out of things that kids look forward to.”
But then on Friday, Colon found out just the opposite was true.
Elementary students in the Utica City School District not only will be allowed to celebrate the holiday, but they also will be permitted to wear costumes, something that hasn’t been done in several years.
“It’s great to hear,” Colon said.“Kids know how to work hard. They know what is expected and have to learn responsibility very early, especially with the new state tests. They also need to understand that it’s also a good thing for them to be kids. It keeps their innocence.”
District Superintendent Bruce Karam said the situation was just a misunderstanding.
Several years ago, the district stopped allowing costumes at elementary school parties because not all of the students could afford them and the district didn’t want anyone left out, Karam said.
“This year costumes have been approved,” he said.“We’ll see how it turns out and how receptive it is.”
The district office sent a note out to all building principals this week who will notify their staff, Karam said.
Holiday celebrations in school have increasingly become a point of controversy, for example having holiday parties instead of Christmas parties — ensuring that no one is left out or offended.
The decision to have Halloween parties would be a local decision, according to the state Education Department.
As for the kids, holidays still hold excitement, even if they aren’t as celebrated as they once were.
Colon’s son Daniel Santiago, 9, a fourth grader at Christopher Columbus Elementary School, wants to have a Halloween party at school so he can show off his werewolf costume.
“It’s fun,” Daniel said.“All we do is work all the time. When we have parties sometimes we get to have a little free time.”

Since: Apr 13

Farmington, CT

#57 Oct 18, 2013
Clinton does a parade for k-3. We call it the literature parade because we encourage the children to dress up like characters from a story but all costumes are permitted as long as they aren't too scary or gory. Then the Halloween parties follow in the classrooms.

“Sup'”

Level 7

Since: Jan 13

Cambridge, MA

#58 Oct 19, 2013
What's the deal with dirty muslims wearing bed sheets that look like 70's curtains? The idea of coming to America was to embrace our culture and freedoms. Everything is slowly being taken away from us :(
Madame Modigliani

Utica, NY

#59 Oct 19, 2013
Leave it up to Jones parents. You helped Columbus School (as of many years ago???) to get the Halloween parties back too. Jones rule!

I'm so glad. Kids need to be kids and that is so good that people called in to express their displeasure.

:)
well well well I I agree

Utica, NY

#60 Oct 19, 2013
Madame Modigliani wrote:
Leave it up to Jones parents. You helped Columbus School (as of many years ago???) to get the Halloween parties back too. Jones rule!
I'm so glad. Kids need to be kids and that is so good that people called in to express their displeasure.
:)
to DISAGREE. Ms Ecleston and Mr. Karam should NOT have given in to whims of parents who cry and gripe to get what they want! Next, they will be telling teachers what curriculum to teach. If these parents want a party soooooooooooooo bad, they can rent a hall or use their homes an give their own party. I have never thought that it was the responsibility of the school to honor a HALLOWEEN party for their kids... some of these parents have too much free time on their hands.They need to get a REAL life.!
tinytim

Utica, NY

#61 Oct 19, 2013
well well well I I agree wrote:
<quoted text>to DISAGREE. Ms Ecleston and Mr. Karam should NOT have given in to whims of parents who cry and gripe to get what they want! Next, they will be telling teachers what curriculum to teach. If these parents want a party soooooooooooooo bad, they can rent a hall or use their homes an give their own party. I have never thought that it was the responsibility of the school to honor a HALLOWEEN party for their kids... some of these parents have too much free time on their hands.They need to get a REAL life.!
The perfect Halloween costume for you is that of a dementor. My sympathies to the family.
NY Post

Syracuse, NY

#62 Oct 19, 2013
I agree with the principal. Halloween celebration in school? Another waste of time that could be spent on real education. Oh, and I'm certain there will be lots of healthy "treats" like sugary cider, candy, cupcakes, and donuts to fatten up the little ghosts and goblins. Let the kids celebrate w/ their parents..if they wish.....outside of school.

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